Photographer's Note

The Palace is classic Manueline in style and has antiques and fine paintings adorning the rooms. It is situated in the middle of 250 acres of woodland originally planted by Carmelite monks.

The Battle of Bussaco was fought on the ridge just above the forest in 1810, and it marked the first serious defeat suffered by Napoleon in his campaigns in the Iberian Peninsula.
The Bussaco Forest is the country's most famous and most revered woodland. It features over 700 species of trees of which some are rare local varieties and others from the Americas, Asia and Australia.

The forest paths are a delight and lead you to exotic plants, waterfalls, lakes and gardens.

Benedictine monks established a hermitage in the midst of Bussaco Forest in the sixth century and over the years many small chapels and grottoes have been built.

The present Palace was built on the site of the old monastery as a summer retreat for the Portuguese monarchy.

The Palace Hotel of Bussaco was built between 1888 and 1907. The first architect was the Italian Luigi Manini, who designed a Romantic palace in Neo-Manueline style, evoking the 16th-century architectural style that characterised the peak of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The Bussaco Palace is inspired in iconic Manueline buildings like the Jernimos Monastery and the Belm Tower, both located in Lisbon.

Manini was succeeded by Nicola Bigaglia, Jos Alexandre Soares and Manuel Joaquim Norte Jnior, the latter responsible for the annex Casa dos Brases (House of the Coat-of-Arms). The inner rooms are richly decorated with Neo-Manueline portals and stucco work imitating Manueline rib vaulting, being also an important showcase of Portuguese painting and sculpture of the early 20th century. The inner walls are also decorated with tile (azulejo) panels by Jorge Colao. These panels depict scenes taken from Portuguese literature as well as historical events like the Battle of Bussaco.

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